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Five Cardiff Blues players involved in Wales under-20's final Six Nations clash

Age Grade & Academy | 12th March 2020

Five Cardiff Blues players have been included in Wales under-20's matchday squad for the final Six Nations clash against Scotland on Friday.

Head coach Gareth Williams has made only two changes from the side that claimed a stunning win over England at Kingsholm last week.

Cardiff Blues full back Jacob Beetham is ruled out of the encounter after picking up an injury in Gloucester. The academy member suffered the injury after being tackled in the air by his opposite number, Freddie Steward, who later picked up a four-week suspension.

Beetham is replaced in the number 15 jersey by Ioan Lloyd. The Bristol Bears playmaker, who played age grade rugby with Cardiff Blues, slots in for his second appearance of the Championship campaign.

The other change sees hooker Dom Booth return to the starting line-up to join Cardiff Blues academy duo Ben Warren and Theo Bevacqua.

Elsewhere, 17-year-old Mason Grady continues his streak on the wing, while Ioan Davies keeps hold of his place in the back row, having started each of Wales' games over the campaign.

Gwilym Bradley is once again named amongst the replacements, alongside Luke Scully, who will join Wales' Capital Region from Worcester Warriors next season.

Williams said: “The challenge this week is to recover quickly from the England game and keep that momentum going against a very good Scottish side.

“It will be good to finish the competition with that momentum but we know how difficult the challenge against Scotland will be. They have been excellent this season and probably haven’t got the results they have deserved.

“They did a job on us last year and a lot of those players are returning so we are quite aware of what they are capable of. They have had consistency in selection this year so we have to make sure we are at the levels we were against France and England to keep that momentum going.

“I think we’ve managed the two games very well, varied our game of when to run it, when to kick it and also played in the right areas of the pitch. We did that effectively in the last two games and came out on top when we really exerted pressure on two very difficult teams.

“Keeping that level head is part of being a professional rugby player. We all want to be winning every game week in week out but resolve is a massive element of being a professional rugby player, dealing with the lows as well as dealing with the highs is a key part of the game and I think the boys have responded superbly."

Wales under-20 host Scotland in the final round of Six Nations action at Stadiwm Zip World, Colwyn Bay, on Friday. Tickets are available to purchase NOW!

Wales U20 v Scotland U20, Zip World Stadium, Friday 13 March, KO 7.35pm (Live on S4C)
15 Ioan Lloyd (Bristol Bears)
14 Frankie Jones (Aberavon)
13 Bradley Roderick (Ospreys)
12 Aneurin Owen (Dragons)
11 Mason Grady (Cardiff Blues)
10 Sam Costelow (Leicester Tigers)
9 Ellis Bevan (Cardiff Met);
1 Theo Bevacqua (Cardiff Blues)
2 Dom Booth (Scarlets)
3 Ben Warren (Cardiff Blues)
4 James Fender (Ospreys)
5 Ben Carter (Dragons)
6 Ioan Davies (Cardiff Blues)
7 Jac Morgan (Scarlets – CAPT)
8 Morgan Strong (Ospreys)

16 Will Griffiths (Dragons)
17 Callum Williams (Scarlets)
18 Harri O’Connor  (Scarlets)
19 Ed Scragg (Dragons)
20 Gwilym Bradley (Cardiff Blues)
21 Dafydd Buckland (Dragons)
22 Joe Hawkins (Ospreys)
23 Luke Scully (Worcester Warriors)